Photo Displays for Dorm Rooms and Other Small Spaces

Summer has flown and back to school season is here. College students are moving into dorms and small apartments, and secondary school students are decorating their lockers.

Whether setting up a dorm room, small apartment, office, or desk, it’s nice to include little reminders of home in your decor.

Some of those reminders can be family photos. This may include a few photos of parents, siblings, best friends, and family pets.

The challenge: in small spaces, there’s very little room to decorate, and a lot of the space for displaying photos is shared with other people (like roommates).

Here are our favorite ideas for displaying photo reminders of home in small living spaces. (more…)

A New Home for Picture This Organized

Our New Home – Take a Look Inside and Meet Our Team

Nobel Prize-winning writer George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

We’ve seen a number of changes at Picture This Organized since May. We believe each one represents progress, but more importantly, each action benefits our current and future clients.

You may have already noticed our new logo and redesigned website. But that’s not all that’s new.

Earlier this month, we moved our offices from my home into a spacious, corporate building in the Denver Tech Center. This new office suite will help our expanding team meet the needs of our clients.

In this post, I’ll share some details (and some photos!) of our new location, and introduce you to our newest team members. (more…)

How to Tell Your Family History in a Keepsake Photo Album

How to Tell Your Family History in a Keepsake Photo Album

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” –Chinese Proverb

Do you have boxes of old family pictures and memorabilia stashed away in closets? If so, you might be looking for a way to use them to tell your family story.

Documenting your family history will preserve it for future generations, allowing them to remember and connect to their heritage. The good news is you don’t have to be a genealogy expert to create a lasting keepsake of your family’s history.

A wonderful way to hold onto and share the memories is to create a family history photo book. To celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday, my sisters and I created a keepsake album of our family history as our gift to her. (We included sample pages from the book in this post.)

As I work with my clients, I find that many families have a designated family historian. Is that you? If not, maybe you’re reading this post because you would like to be!

Here are our tips on telling your family story by creating a keepsake album. (more…)

Understanding the Basics of Apple Photos

Understanding the Basics of Apple Photos

If you’re a Mac user like me and take pictures with your iPhone, then you probably have some of your photos stored on your computer in the Photos app.

Photos for macOS, or Apple Photos, is the photo library for Mac users. When you upload your photos to Apple Photos, you can view, edit, organize, and share them — all in one place.

When I’m working with my own photos, I prefer using the Apple Photos app over any other photo library system. It’s my favorite app because:

  • Apple Photos is a convenient library system that stores everything in one place.
  • Your photos reside in a closed environment, housed within your own account. No one can mine your photo data containing your personal information to use in marketing and advertising.
  • Apple Photos syncs with all of your devices. You can use it on your phones, tablets, and computers.
  • Photos for macOS is a secure system. You can set up two-factor authentication to control which devices have approval to access your iCloud account.

If you feel like your knowledge of Apple Photos is limited, read on for some tips on understanding what’s inside this powerful app. (more…)

Facing An Empty Wall in Your House?

Facing an Empty Wall in Your House? Here’s How to Create a Gallery with Your Own Photos

Maybe you have one in your hallway, stairwell, or basement.

It could even be in your living room.

It’s the cold, blank wall in your home you see out of the corner of your eye every day.

Decorators may suggest you fill that space with beautiful framed pieces of art, but you can also warm up an empty wall with the charm of your own photos. My home feels much more inviting when I look around and see reminders of treasured family memories in every room.

Do you have a blank wall in your home that you would like to fill with family photos or your own photography?

Keep reading for tips to spark your creativity and guide you through the fun process of creating your own photo gallery.

Simple Strategies for Organizing & Maintaining Your Photo Collection

Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection

This is Part Three of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part One (How to Corral Your Digital Photos) here.
Read Part Two (The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos) here.

We all know that feeling of relief when our house is cleaned and organized, and excess clutter is thrown away. There is freedom in knowing exactly where to find what you’re looking for, and motivation to keep things organized.

Cleaning up a cluttered photo collection provides that same sense of satisfaction. It can feel like a weight is lifted when you remove duplicate and unwanted images.   

Perhaps you already keep all of your digital photos in one central location, or you’ve been organizing photos using the steps from our previous posts in this series. In either case, now is a good time to take another look at your photo collection and name your file folders, set up a backup system, and then learn how to maintain your hub moving forward.  (more…)

From Overwhelmed to Empowered: How One Couple Mastered Two Large Photo Collections

From Overwhelmed to Empowered: How One Couple Mastered Two Large Photo Collections

What does a man do with 10 plastic bins full of family photographs, history and memorabilia? Jim Grange wasn’t sure, but he knew he needed help.

When Jim and his wife Pam moved his dad and mom into an independent living community, they brought home all of his parents’ photos and memorabilia. Jim wanted to organize the photos and create keepsake gifts for his parents and siblings, but didn’t know where to start.

Our team helped Jim and Pam with the step-by-step process of organizing their parents’ photos and videos, as well as their own family photo collection. This is the story of how these determined clients went from overwhelmed to empowered.

A Team Effort To Assess and Strategize a Plan

At first, the Granges couldn’t see past the enormity of their projects. Pam describes their feelings as they faced the stacks of bins in their basement, “We were so overwhelmed at the start and had no clue how to begin to categorize all of the thousands of photos.” (more…)